Week 2 Fixtures
|St Neots 4 vs Ladies’ 2nd Team||0 - 5||East Women's League Division 4NW(S)||Longsands Academy||Recap|
|Ladies’ 3rd Team vs St Ives 4||0 - 1||East Women's League Division 5NW(S)||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
|Ladies’ 1st Team vs Spalding 1||2 - 1||East Women's League Division 2NW||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
|UEA 2 vs Men’s 1st Team||1 - 2||East Men's League Division 3NE||UEA HC Astro||Recap|
|Harleston Magpies 6 vs Men’s 3rd Team||5 - 0||East Men's League Division 6NE(S)||Harleston Magpies Hockey Club||Recap|
|Men’s 2nd Team vs Norwich City 5||1 - 2||East Men's League Division 4NE||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
|Cambridge City 6 vs Ladies’ 4th Team||10 - 0||East Women's League Division 5NW(S)||Cambridge University HC Astro||Recap|
Men’s 1st Team Report
UEA Men’s Second XI 1 – 2 Newmarket Men’s First XI
Team: Iain Robinson, Darren Jenkins, Jordan Newnes, Andrew Baker, Peter Sargeant, Rory Podd, William Jack Wilson, Chris Leggett, William Frost, Mike Landshoff, Matthew Holden.
Goalscorers: Wilson x 2
Following on from last week’s defeat at Newmarket squad was depleted and called on the youth from the second team in Baker, Sargent and Landshoff. We worked out their combined age to be 217, which seemed high but fortunately Dianne Abbott was on hand to vouch for our sums accuracy. When you chucked in veterans Wilson and Holden, it was like Dad’s army were going over the top. The quintet combined age alone probably exceeded the opposition’s team and their three man bench.
In the brief warm up that skipper Wilson’s punctuality allowed, the team discussed the tactics they’d like to implement. That went out the window after 5 minutes when the otherwise dependable Sargeant sent the young, athletic, pacy, skilful UEA forward in on goal, he beat Robinson (for the only time today) in nets to hand UEA the lead. Did I mentioned they were young….
Newmarket didn’t let their heads drop and picked up where they left off, both Rory Podd and Will Frost were outstanding on right and left midfield respectively playing with a level of discipline when out of possession which belied their tender years, providing plenty of cover for their full backs which meant Newmarket were consistently winning back possession.
Newmarket equalised when Holden won the first of many penalty corners, it wasn’t the slickest of routines, the drag and stop could have been better, but Wilson’s mishit strike deflected of the number 1 runner, wrong footing the keeper and pulling Newmarket level.
Newmarket started to grow in confidence, Landshoff worked hard and used the ball in the middle well and enable Leggett and Wilson to control the game when in possession. Newnes and Andy Baker marshalled the defence well Jenkins was always an outlet on the right. With 10 minutes or so remaining in the first half Podd almost put Newmarket in front, controlling sharply and sending a thunderous drive towards the bottom right corner which the UEA keeper somehow scrabbled round the post.
Holden’s intelligent, some might even say wise, movement caused UEA problems and he won a second penalty corner, having learnt from the first it was executed to perfection, Wilson’s strike slamming against the backboard. The half finished 2-1.
In the second half UEA continued to dominate but squander possession, on one rare occasion they did manage to penetrate the D and win a penalty corner, but Sargeant was there to make amends a pulled of a great goal line save to preserve the lead. Newmarket forced another couple on penalty corners themselves through the mercurial Holden, with UEA making a fine block from one of them, to stop Newmarket grabbing a third.
This was a hugely promising performance from a team that hadn’t played together before, the formation meant that Robinson had little to do other than to help marshal his defence. With many players unavailable today, it’ll pose problems for Captain Wilson ahead of next week’s game at home to Norwich Dragons. The match is 3pm at the Leisure Centre, as ever supporters are very welcome.
Ladies’ 2nd Team Report
View results for all teams.
Week 1 Home Games
|Ladies’ 4th Team vs Bury St Edmunds 4||2 - 4||East Women's League Division 5NW(S)||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
|Men’s 3rd Team vs I-ES 6||1 - 5||East Men's League Division 6NE(S)||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
|Ladies’ 2nd Team vs Cambridge South 3||2 - 1||East Women's League Division 4NW(S)||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
|Men’s 1st Team vs North Norfolk 1||2 - 5||East Men's League Division 3NE||Newmarket Leisure Centre||Recap|
Week 1 Away Games
|Ely City 3 vs Ladies’ 3rd Team||0 - 1||East Women's League Division 5NW(S)||Ely College||Recap|
|I-ES 4 vs Men’s 2nd Team||6 - 0||East Men's League Division 4NE||Ipswich School Sports Centre||Recap|
|St Ives 2 vs Ladies’ 1st Team||3 - 1||East Women's League Division 2NW||One Leisure Outdoor Centre||Recap|
Men’s 3rd Team Report
The M3s kicked off their season with a 1v5 defeat to one of the league favourites. The size of the defeat was harsh on us as we dominated the first 25 minutes, but failed to get the ball in the back of the net. Peter Booth bagged his first of the season in the second half and there was plenty of good play going forward for Newmarket to build on.
Ladies’ 3rd Team Report
The ladies set off for their first match of the season in high spirits. The game was heavily dominated by Newmarket however goals were hard to come by despite plenty of opportunities and strikes taken. Half time saw the score still at 0-0. The second half started as the first, with capt Mel Podd starting to get a little concerned with the teams inability to put a ball over the line. A long corner saw capt Mel Podd pick up the ball just inside the D, and with her back to goal put in a welly of a hit powered by sheer frustration, finally found the mark to put the ladies 1-0 up. For a first team outing the ladies were very happy to take the win in a game that could have easily had a score of 5-0, were it not for the sterling defence work showed by Ely. Man of match went to junior Robyn Henry jones for her nonstop outstanding play all game. Jane Dryland took home the teddy. Next week sees the ladies at home at 11am against st ives.
Men’s 2s: 6-1 win vs Dereham 3 (Home)
(Baker 2, Bunker, Harrington, Hosegood, Wood)
Men’s 3s: 10-1 win vs Bury St Edmunds 7 (Home)
(Booth 4, Benedikz 2, Allen, Brown, Evans, Saggers)
Ladies’ 1s: 3-5 loss vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (Away)
(Stoneman 2, Farrell-Thomas)
Ladies’ 4s: 2-3 loss vs Huntingdon 2 (Away)
On another snowbound weekend for NHC, the only fixtures to go ahead were the Ladies’ 2s on Saturday and Ladies’ 1s on Sunday (thanks to the herculean efforts of a number of volunteers).
Ladies’ 2s: 2-1 win vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Away)
Newmarket Ladies’ 2s stormed to victory despite the snow as they scored two late goals after being behind for almost the entirety of the match. Tracy Cockerill was the heroine of the piece as her brace lit up the aptly-named Coldhams Common and sent the Yellow & Blue Machine home with three points in the bag.
Ladies’ 3s: 5-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
Ladies’ 1s: 0-2 loss vs Harleston Magpies 2 (Home)
The brave and hardy volunteers of Newmarket Hockey Club showed they’re just as good with broom sticks as hockey ones and managed to clear the snow-covered pitch in time to host Harleston Magpies at 12pm. The Ladies went down 0-2 in a good game with plenty of quality on show from all.
Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Pelicans 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson, Donald, Hosegood, Leggett, Newnes, Wilson)
Newmarket Men’s 1s stormed to victory against a shell-shocked Pelicans team on Saturday. Town boasted a near-full strength side for the first time in a while and this was reflected in both performance and score – the home side took the lead early on and dominated with goals from Simon Donald and Will Wilson, while man of the match Chris Leggett was also on target for his first goal of the season after good work from Mark Pears.
On the subject of firsts, skipper Jordan Newnes stepped up to take a penalty stroke after an illegal block on the Pelicans goal line and dispatched it superbly to put Newmarket out of sight shortly after half time. Notable also was a superb strike on the half-volley from James Atkinson, the forward returning from a nine-week absence in Australia on his ‘gap yah’.
Full backs Darren Jenkins and Louis Hrebeniak were used more for attack rather than defence, but on the occasions when Pelicans did manage to sneak in behind they found goalkeeper Iain Robinson on superb form – the Town stopper pulled off several outstanding saves at big moments and was unfortunate not to walk away with a clean sheet as a short corner rebound eventually crept home. The reply was instantaneous however, and an excellent goal on the break from Will Hosegood saw him notch his first for the 1s.
As always, Mike Skelton showed his class in bossing the midfield and linking up well with the tricky Rob Green, who almost avoided getting sent off this time out. Lee Blades was excellent off the bench and this rounded off a superb team performance which one hopes the home support will savour for some time.
Men’s 2s: 7-5 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Away)
(Bunker 3, Harrington 2, Podd, Trent)
Newmarket Men’s 2s achieved promotion to Division 4NE on a warm afternoon away at Lowestoft Railway, ensuring they bounce back up at the first time of asking. In this free-scoring affair, a hat-trick from Jonny Bunker, brace from leading scorer Simon Harrington and goals from Rory Podd and Ollie Trent saw Town popping the champaign bottles come the final whistle.
Men’s 3s: 1-3 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Away)
Pete Booth notched for Newmarket Men’s 3s as they went down 3-1 away to Bury St Edmunds 6s.
Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs UEA 1 (Home)
A home clash with UEA for Newmarket Ladies’ 1s saw Claire McDonnell on target as the girls recorded a superb 1-0 victory.
Ladies’ 3s: 3-2 win vs St Ives 4 (Home)
(Howe, Podd, Swann)
Newmarket Ladies’ 3s recorded their best performance of the season as Milly Howe, Lucie Swann and skipper Mel Podd fired Town to victory at home to St Ives on Saturday morning.
Ladies’ 1s: 1-11 loss vs Dereham 1 (Home)
Nothing to be said really. We didn’t want to win anyway. Right?
Unfortunately all games were postponed this week due to the heavy snow causing frozen pitches around the leagues and at Newmarket Leisure Centre.
Please see below for a list of the postponed games. These will be rearranged on a new date later in the season.
Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. Norwich City 4s (Away) – 3:15pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Dereham 3s (Home) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 7s (Home) – 3:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. Norwich City 1s (Away) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge Nomads 2s (Away) – 12:30pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. St Ives 4s (Home) – 11:00am
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away) – 1:00pm
Men’s 1s: 3-1 win vs Sudbury 2 (Home)
(Wilson 2, Pears)
Newmarket battled to a creditable 3-1 victory at home to a well-drilled Sudbury side on Saturday. The first half began as a close and cagey affair, Town perhaps creating the better chances but were unable to convert. The visiting side soon grew into the game and drew a good save from Town keeper Iain Robinson, followed by a superb goal line clearance from makeshift centre back Darren Jenkins.
Newmarket continued to make things hard for themselves, but it was not long after this they took the lead – a typical driven Will Wilson short corner was deflected home by Mark Pears. However, Sudbury replied almost immediately with a speculative effort that was deflected high over the helpless Robinson and gave skipper Jordan Newnes on the goal line no chance.
The second half was a lot more open and it didn’t take Town long to regain the lead – Rob Green winning a penalty stroke for a foot on the goal line which was converted comfortably by Wilson. He then added his second and Town’s third from a short corner, handing the home side a comfortable two goal cushion to carry into the final whistle.
Men’s 2s: 2-1 win vs Norwich Dragons 5 (Away)
Men’s 3s: 0-5 loss vs Sudbury 4 (Away)
Ladies’ 1s: 0-2 loss vs Watton 1 (Home)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-0 draw vs St Ives 3 (Home)
Ladies’ 3s: 1-7 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Away)
Ladies’ 4s: P-P vs Royston 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Harleston Magpies 5 (Home)
(Wood 2, Beardon)
Men’s 3s: 2-6 loss vs Ipswich 4 (Home)
Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs Harleston Magpies 2 (Away)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-3 loss vs Royston Ladies 2 (Away)
Ladies’ 3s: 0-8 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
Ladies’ 4s: 1-8 result vs St Neots 4 (Home)